Download our April Year of the Salamander Newsletter at www.yearofthesalamander.org!

In this month’s Year of the Salamander news issue, we are celebrating the diversity of salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains – the region that harbors the highest diversity of salamanders worldwide! Read about efforts to help Cheat Mountain Salamanders, constructed vernal pools (important breeding areas for several amphibian species), and the great work that citizen scientists at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute in Tremont are doing. Want to get involved in citizen science yourself? Read about two projects you can participate in: “Snapshots in Time” and “Amphibian Migration Tracker” (which includes a lesson plan on predicting amphibian migration). Check out articles on research studying howforestry practices affect salamanders, the Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball, and our featured family of the month: Plethodontidae – lungless or woodland salamanders!

Our April Calendar Featuring This Month’s Winning Photos Is Now Available!

Congratulations to Noah Charney for submitting this month’s winning photograph! Noah took this photograph of a Dusky Salamander in a headwater stream in Nashville, Tennessee. The runner up photo, submitted by Kevin Stohlgren, is of a Frosted Flatwoods Salamander in the eastern Florida panhandle.Download the calendar to view these two amazing photos. Congratulations to both Noah and Kevin … another set of amazing photos, be sure to check them out!

Two Video Contests – A Great Way to Participate!

Consider contributing to the Year of the Salamander campaign by getting involved with the two video contests: “Salamanders Matter” and “Salamanders Are …” For the “Salamanders Matter” contest we are looking for short videos (less than 4 minutes) that will help raise awareness to the general public about salamanders around the world (Deadline: July 31st). For the “Salamanders Are …” we are looking for very short clips (less than 10 seconds) that we will choose from to create a compilation video for the Year of the Salamander (Deadline: May 1st). Please check out our Video Contest Page to find out more details about these contests and how to participate! The “Salamanders Are …” entries are only 10 seconds or less. Wouldn’t it be fun to see your clip(s) in the compilation video?!?!

Our Partners Are Busy – They Are Key to Spreading the Word!

We continue to look for partners for our Year of the Salamander campaign, so if you or your organization are implementing salamander conservation efforts or just plain love salamanders and want to help spread the word, we want to hear about it at yearofthesalamander@gmail.com! If you are or know an artist, consider responding to the open call for a group exhibition of artworks inspired by salamanders that will be held at the Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, Texas. The deadline for submission is April 13th, so spread the word about this opportunity to engage the artist community in this campaign. Check out our Partners Pageon our website – we’re looking to add more energy to this campaign and hope you will consider becoming involved!

State of the Salamander Document, Outreach and Education Page, and PARC Store!

Please check out our Year of the Salamander website at www.yearofthesalamander.org! You can view ordownload the State of the Salamander document as well as our monthly newsletters and calendars. OurOutreach and Education page contains face painting templates and notecards, slide show and script, posters, and an educational packet for naturalists and teachers. We will be updating that page to include links to additional educational resources available, so please check back! Don’t forget to get your Year of the Salamander 2014 gear at the PARC Store (www.cafepress.com/parcstore). The merchandise features the Year of the Salamander winning logo (designed by Sheri Sanders) and a 2014 print wall calendar (the photos are amazing!).

Social Media, Ongoing Monthly Photo Contest, and Online Map of Salamander Events Worldwide!

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! So far we have over 1000 “likes” on our Facebook Page – let’s keep the “likes” coming! Participate in our ongoing monthly photo contest for a chance at having your photo selected for our month-by-month downloadable calendar, or just share your photos with us atyearofthesalamander@gmail.com – you might see your photo in one of our many conservation products! We now have an online map of salamander events around the world at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zakosXm9hMug.kH168pPGwpV0. Be sure to check it out and if you have an event to add to the map, please let us know at yearofthesalamander@gmail.com!

Thanks, and be sure to spread the word!

LINKS:
www.yearofthesalamander.org
yearofthesalamander@gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YearOfTheSalamander2014
Twitter: YOSal2014
PARC Store: ww.cafepress.com/parcstore